Flower exploration in the Smokies
For your next vacation, venture to the Smokies to enjoy all of the natural beauty and fun that Tennessee has to offer. If you are interested in the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, you can register before the event or the day of the event. This annual 5-day event includes an assortment of wildflowers, fauna, motorcades, natural history walks, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars.
If you, like so many others, love Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Wildflower Pilgrimage is an event you will not want to miss! This Smoky Mountain event is open to all and is very popular with locals, tourists, kids, and adults. Take in the beauty of the Smokies as you learn more about the wildlife around you. The Wildflower Pilgrimage features walks and seminars perfect for all ages.
Explore the Smoky Mountains as you search for varying flowering plants and some greenery that can only be found in the Smokies. This wildlife is vast and impressive! There are irises, lilies, ferns, and much more to see! You can take a guided hike and check out some of the 800 miles of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Hike, bike, or even ride horseback through the lush greenery that fills the national forest. No matter how you explore, you'll find something new around every corner. Snap photos as you go along enjoying the colors of nature. Make sure to stay up to date with the current pilgrimage details so that you will not miss out on any of the fun festivities.
The photo contest
Entry to this contest is open to anyone interested, and the active entry deadline is subject to change. Photo contest categories include flora, fauna, and landscape. Photos entered in the flora category should feature flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plant life. The fauna category will feature insects and animals, while the landscape category will accept a wide variety of landscape images. People and animals are permitted to be in the photos, but they should not be the main focus of the shot. Entrants must be at least 18 years old, and no professional or studio photographs will be considered. The contest will be held rain or shine.
The registration fee for the Wildflower Pilgrimage is $50 for a day or $75 for two or more days. Students get in for just $15; children 12 and under are free.
Upon paying, you will receive an electronic confirmation or receipt by mail or email. If you have any questions about this event, you can email questions to Conference@utk.edu. Keep an eye out for upcoming dates and newly arriving activities that will be part of the Wildflower Pilgrimage.
Almost 150 guided walks and indoor presentations will be going on during this annual 5- day event. On-site registration should begin the first day at around 5 p.m. Each walk and presentation will offer something unique and exciting.
History of the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
The first Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage was held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in April 1951. It was held for two days and offered tours, nighttime programs, and field trips. Hailing from 20 states, 400 pilgrims gathered to learn more about the park and enjoy the beauty of the Smokies. Much like today's event, the first Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage featured flower paintings, nature exhibits, photography, and much more! Today, guests continue to attend this fun spring event for its variety of activities and quality time in the great outdoors!
After spending the day exploring the park, you'll be ready for rest and relaxation in a place that feels like home. We have many different cabin rentals available in the Gatlinburg area that would allow you to be close to the event but will not put you in the middle of busy traffic. Take a look through our Gatlinburg rentals to see the Smoky Mountain cabins we have available. We offer everything from romantic one bedrooms to fun and spacious large group cabins. Give Cabins For You a call at 1-800-684-7865 to book today!